View the top stories to watch (18-22 July) and our key company earnings schedule.

Video special: what next for sterling?

Market Analyst Jasper Lawler evaluates the outlook for sterling as volatility continues and the ECB prepares to announce its rate decision.

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US earnings season - high tech, low profits?

A slew of technology companies announce results as US earnings season gets into full swing. See how Jasper Lawler thinks Amazon, Netflix, Yahoo and Microsoft may fare. See our analysis.

Will the ECB drag its heels over Brexit?

No action is expected in Thursday's ECB meeting, with policymakers in a wait-and-see mode after monetary easing was implemented in June. The markets will be keen, however, to hear ECB president Mario Draghi's official reaction to the UK's vote to leave the EU.

The week ahead

It's not just big US technology companies on the docket as far as US earnings are concerned. After the sharp sell-off in bank shares witnessed this year, earnings from Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley will be closely scrutinised this week.

Selected company earnings (18-22 July)

Monday 18 JulyResults
Bank of America (US)Q2
BBCN Bancorp (US)Q2
Brown & Brown (US)Q2
EMC Corp/MA (US)Q2
Hasbro (US)Q2
International Business Machines (US)Q2
Netflix (US)Q2
Wilshire Bancorp (US)Q2
Tuesday 19 JulyResults
Blackhawk Network Holdings (US)Q2
Comerica (US)Q2
Discover Financial Services (US)Q2
Exponent (US)Q2
First Midwest Bancorp/IL (US)Q2
Fulton Financial  (US)Q2
Goldman Sachs (US)Q2
IG Group Holdings  (UK)Full-year
Johnson & Johnson (US)Q2
Mercantile Bank (US)Q2
Microsoft (US)Q4
Secure Trust Bank (UK)Half-year
Southwest Bancorp (US)Q2
TD Ameritrade Holding Corp (US)Q3
United Financial Bancorp (US)Q2
WW Grainger (US)Q2
Yahoo (US)Q2
Wednesday 20 JulyResults
Abbott Laboratories (US)Q2
American Express Co (US)Q2
BancorpSouth (US)Q2
BankUnited (US)Q2
Boston Private Financial Holdings (US)Q2
eBay Inc (US)Q2
East West Bancorp (US)Q2
Essendant (US)Q2
First Connecticut Bancorp Inc/Farmington CT (US)Q2
Halliburton (US)Q2
Hancock Holding (US)Q2
Intel Corp (US)Q2
Kaiser Aluminum Corp (US)Q2
M&T Bank (US)Q2
Mattel (US)Q2
Morgan Stanley (US)Q2
Northern Trust Corp (US)Q2
Packaging Corp of America (US)Q2
Polaris Industries (US)Q2
TriState Capital Holdings (US)Q2
Thursday 21 JulyResults
Advanced Micro Devices (US)Q2
Alliance Data Systems (US)Q2
Altra Industrial Motion (US)Q2
Associated Banc-Corp (US)Q2
Bank of New York Mellon (US)Q2
Biogen (US)Q2
Blackstone Group (US)Q2
Capital Bank Financial (US)Q2
Capital One Financial (US)Q2
Domino's Pizza (US)Q2
DR Horton (US)Q3
Dunkin' Brands Group (US)Q2
E*TRADE Financial (US)Q2
First American Financial (US)Q2
General Motors (US)Q2
Morningstar (US)Q2
National Bank Holdings (US)Q2
Nichols (UK)Half-year
Pandora Media (US)Q2
Schlumberger (US)Q2
Skyworks Solutions (US)Q3
Sonoco Products (US)Q2
Southwest Airlines (US)Q2
Starbucks (US)Q3
Stryker (US)Q2
Unilever (UK)Half-year
Visa (US)Q3
Western Alliance Bancorp (US)Q2
Friday 22 JulyResults
American Airlines Group (US)Q2
Avanti Communications Group (UK)Half-year
Beazley (UK)Half-year
General Electric (US)Q2
Honeywell International (US)Q2
Moody's (US)Q2
NorthWestern (US)Q2
SunTrust Banks (US)Q2
Textron (US)Q2
Union Bankshares (US)Q2

Company announcements are subject to change. All the events listed above were correct at the time of writing.

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